Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pirate Party finally loses it completely

I've long been critical of the 'pirate party' a group from Sweden IIRC, who are firmly opposed to copyright, and think they are basically entitled to leech entertainment from everyone else. They have long tried to dress up this nonsense in intellectual waffle, but today they have finally lost it totally:

"The aim of the proposal is to facilitate efforts to clamp down on illegal file-sharing. This in turn is expected to stimulate the development of lawful alternatives for the spread of music and movies over the internet, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Tobias Andersson, press spokesman for lobby organization PiratbyrÄn, was critical of the move.

"This is completely crazy," he said, before adding that "it is time to stop pampering the record industry".

"The danger here is that it will speed up the development of anonymous file-sharing programmes that make it technically more difficult to trace somebody's internet use. These kinds of services can also be exploited by people involved in criminal activities, such as paedophiles".

Ok... lets revisit that last bit:

"The danger here is ... These kinds of services can also be exploited by people involved in criminal activities, such as paedophiles".

Unbelievable. So this guy is saying that if anyone stops people being allowed to anonymously steal copies of 'Spiderman 3' in the name of free speech, then they are effectively helping child abuse. He actually thinks that he can defend the anonymity on a file sharing service, and fight against attempts to remove it because removing it would result in developing a more anonymous one, which somehow is only used by paedophiles. Errrrr argument == circular perhaps? If anonymity enables child abuse, how does defending anonymity work in this case?

So remember these words of wisdom. Every time you criticise people who steal games, movies, music, etc, you are basically helping paedophiles. and probably you are murdering kittens too.
Tragic isn't it, the lengths people will go to in order to justify taking other peoples work for free?

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